‘Halibedu’ was the magnificent capital of Hoyasala Empire in twelfth century AD. Now located in Hassan district of Karnataka state about 240 km away from Bangalore city. (4 Hours Drive). The temples at Halibedu and Belur are worth seeing with spectacular art and sculpture.
Hoyasalis ruled Karnataka in 11 to 14 century AD and constructed these two temples to their credit for the beautiful sculpture and art. They used soap stone for construction to enable to carve the intricate details of the sculpture. Because of the splendid art and sculpture UNESCO listed these two temples in World Heritage Site listing.
Belur: Chennakeswara temple is the center of attraction constructed by The King Vishnuwardhan around 11th century. The main shrine in the temple is Kesava (Lord Vishnu). The temple is having symmetrical corners with 42 beautiful maidens in several postures and dance forms (Madanikas). Among them the darpan sundari and the lady with parrot are the popular and of attraction to the visitors.
Halibedu: Halibedu is situated 16 km away from Belur and of best example of Hoyasala architecture. The Hoyasaleswara and Kedareswara temples are two famous temples worth seeing for their splendid architecture and art. Both the temples are constructed with soap stone and exist since more than 1000 years. The temples have intersecting stories, legends and myths. In addition to these two temples the temple complex has two Jain subattas worth seeing. In front of Halibedu temple there is a huge lake and two huge Bull sculptures (Nandis). One archeological museum is also seen in the temple complex worth seeing to know the history of the temples and Hoyasala regime.